Bethany Beach


Few slots left for volunteer for beach-grass planting

If you’ve waited till the last minute to register for this year’s beach-grass planting, your options are quickly disappearing.

Jennifer Luoma of DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship said volunteer spots at planting sites at Cape...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:56am

St. Ann's seeks donations for USO Delaware

Coastal Point • Submitted: Outreach coordinator Gigi Vanderman receives a certificate of appreciation from USO Delaware.The Parish of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach is seeking donations throughout the month of March for USO Delaware...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:53am

Bethany extends Saturday construction hours during off-season

Contractors working in Bethany Beach now have a little more time to get work done during the off-season, with the town council’s unanimous approval this week of extending permitted work hours on Saturdays by four hours — but only from Oct. 1...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:42am

Bethany looking at ‘overdue’ improvements to Atlantic Avenue

Atlantic Avenue is one of Bethany Beach’s most-used streets. In fact, the town’s easternmost north-south street tops all roadways in the state for pedestrian traffic density during the busy summer season.

It’s also overdue for paving, for...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:16am

Bethany looking at 'overdue' improvements to Atlantic Avenue

The Bethany Beach Town Council at its Feb. 13 council workshop reviewed the most recent draft of the Town’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year. A public hearing on the budget is planned in March.

Finance Director Janet Connery said the draft...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:11am

Bethany and Selbyville recycling centers removed

Across Delaware, public recycling services are significantly improving in some areas, but people may have to drive farther to get there.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is currently in the process of removing about two dozen drop...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:03am

Bethany trolley back to single route, no new vehicle

In lieu of following up on a recommendation to buy a new town trolley, Bethany Beach staff are now recommending the Town move back to a single, longer trolley route. That could save the Town around $360,000 — the $400,000 cost of a new trolley,...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:01am

Bethany preparing for new museum, docent program

Bethany Beach’s history will be getting some attention in the coming summer season, as the Town’s Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) prepares for the opening of the historical Dinker Cottage as a museum, which is anticipated to...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 9:17am

Local fire company helps S.C. brethren get operational again

When the phone at the town hall in Nichols, S.C. rings, callers hear a message about how “normal town operations have been suspended” until further notice. A female voice instructs callers how best to reach the town’s officials in the meantime,...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 9:35am

Hair of the Dog/Exercise like the Eskimos set for New Years Day

Coastal Point photos • File photo: The start to a previous Exercise Like the Eskimos event. For the sixth straight year, local residents can ring in the New Year with the Hair of the Dog 5K/10K, and for the 21st year in a row, they can follow it...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 9:21am

Bethany becoming a Weekend Wonderland this December

Building on last year’s successful debut, Bethany Beach will again celebrate the holidays each Saturday in December with Weekend Wonderland, which will feature special shopping hours, and festive activities including caroling around the town’s...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:27am

Bethany Beach to get a Caribbean flair this weekend at Mango’s

The cooler nights of December are going to give way to a tropical breeze this weekend, with the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s (QRCF) annual Caribbean Christmas event at Mango’s in downtown Bethany Beach on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:21am

Bethany Beach looks at replacing trolleys with trams

Bethany Beach could move in the near future to switch from its signature trolley-style bus for in-town public transportation to instead using a jeep pulling a tram.

Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet at the council’s Nov. 18 meeting...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 8:09am

BBVFC rescues dog swept out to sea

Coastal Point • Submitted : Back on dry land after his ocean rescue, Cruz sits with Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Chief Brian Martin, owner Jeremy Pentoney, Deputy Chief Shane Truitt and Delaware Animal Services’ Capt. Reed Jones.Bethany...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 4:18am

Bethany Beach looks to lobby for beach replenishment

It’s not a beach without sand, and local coastal towns are meeting to discuss beach replenishment and possibly lobbying federal agencies for previously promised funding.

Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Gordon said at Monday’s council workshop...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 9:27am

Bethany Beach staff go above and beyond for beach rescue

The rough sea did not deter two Town of Bethany Beach employees from braving the waters to save an 11-year-old boy on Monday.

On Oct. 3, a little after 2 p.m. Bethany Beach Public Works employee Sean Ely was on the beach at Maplewood...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 11:13am

Fire company auxiliary hosting annual Artisans Festival

Coastal Point • File Photo: Pam Browne will be at this weekend’s Artisan Festival, displaying her ‘deco-mesh’ wreaths.Artisans from around the region are preparing their wares this week for one of the most popular events of the “shoulder season”...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:52am

Bethany aims to address housing bulk with tradeoff system

The size — or, more specifically, the appearance of size — of homes in Bethany Beach is an issue that has long been discussed by the Town and many of its citizens. Large new multi-story homes built next to the town’s traditional single-story...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:09am

Community invited to give ‘Heroes’ Welcome’ to veterans

Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Week 2016 is well under way, but there is still time for community members to get involved.

Operation SEAs the Day is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to organize and facilitate a beach week event...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 11:17am

Boardwalk Arts Festival set for Saturday in Bethany

The 38th Annual Boardwalk Arts Festival will get under way this Saturday, Sept. 10, with more than 100 artists from around the country slated to feature their work along the boardwalk in downtown Bethany Beach.

Jewelry, glass, pottery,...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:03am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral a swinging farewell to summer

Crocodile tears are encouraged at this funeral, as visitors and locals will “mourn” the end of summer at the 2016 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., three New Orleans-style Dixieland bands will...

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 9:00am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral to benefit Habitat for Humanity

The Southern Delaware resort area’s most unusual celebration takes place in the “Quiet Resort” of Bethany Beach on Labor Day, and everybody is invited, according to Carolyn Bacon and Marie Wright, the assistant chairpersons of this year’s Bethany...

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 5:50am

Brand new canalfront home in South Bethany

Coastal Point • Submitted: A tower of windows is one of the features of this contemporary home, which will be among those featured on the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27-28.(Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of previews of the...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:17am

Heritage Trail offers glimpse into Bethany history

For years, one of Bethany Beach’s greatest attractions has been nestled amongst its best-kept secrets.

The town’s heritage walking trail — which, according to Carol Olmstead, chairwoman of the Town’s Cultural & Historic Affairs...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 6:15am

Hit-and-run claims the life of foreign student

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Anastasia Ciolpan was described as being ‘full of enthusiasm.’A student worker from Moldova passed away earlier this week after being hit by a truck in Bethany Beach on June 26.

According to police...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 11:52am

Warner ‘honored’ to be parade’s grand marshal

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Brett Warner, director of Public Works for Bethany Beach, served as grand marshal of Bethany Beach’s annual Fourth of July Parade on Monday.On Monday, Brett Warner joined a long list of public servants and local...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:13am

Local author to launch new picture book at Saturday event

Coastal Point • Submitted: Ocean View resident Michelle Meadows will be launching her new book, ‘Super Bugs,’ at Tidepool Toys & Games in Bethany Beach during a special event on Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m.Ocean View resident Michelle Meadows...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 9:43am

DoJ takes no action in Bethany surf-shop shirt situation

Bethany Beach Surf Shop owner Jim McGrath has a folder in his store that he says documents more than 300 instances of “confusion” between his store and another business in town.

McGrath says the folder contains evidence that the other...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 7:31am

Civil War author Ryan to hold book signing this Friday

This weekend, Civil War enthusiasts will get the chance to meet with Bethany Beach author and Civil War historian Tom Ryan.

Ryan will be signing copies of his 2015 book, “Spies, Scouts & Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:14am

Fly the red, white and blue with pride again this year

In 67 days, 25 military veterans and their families will travel to Bethany Beach for a week of support and relaxation, thanks to the nonprofit organization Operation SEAs the Day.

The mission of Operation SEAs the Day (OSTD) is “to...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:11am

Three Blonde Bakers serving up Vanderwende’s, fudge

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: The Three Blonde Bakers, from left, Brittany, Ann and Cassidy Baker — gather in front of their new shop in Bethany Beach.It was late last spring when Brittany Baker returned home from Puerto Rico, expecting...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 9:39am

Habitat to benefit from Jazz Funeral

Coastal Point • Submitted Assistant Co-Chairman Marie Wright portrays ‘Sister Marie’ as one of the collection of mourners to celebrate the passing of the summer season in Bethany Beach for a past Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. This year’s event will...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 9:08am

Bethany Beach adopts restrictions on private drone use

Drone hobbyists have been given official notice by the Town of Bethany Beach: Flying those increasingly popular unmanned aircraft over any property but their own is likely to get them in trouble.

On a second reading of the new Chapter 12,...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:32am

Bethany Beach ultimately still at the mercy of tide and storm

There’s no way around it: Bethany Beach floods. Land in the town ranges from just below sea level to as much as 10 feet above it, with much of the town coming in somewhere between sea level and just 3 feet above. The result is that, whether it’s...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:21am

International students gather for welcome picnic

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Students from all over the world enjoy each other’s company during the annual international students picnic at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach on Tuesday, June 21.

Braving...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:35am

A love affair with Bethany Beach continues in this new home

Coastal Point • Submitted : Family and guests can enjoy gathering in this new Bethany retreat, which is part of the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour for 2016.(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 6:26am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set for Sept. 5

While the 2016 summer resort season is just getting started, plans are in the works to celebrate the end of the summer season. Locals and summer residents will celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer resort season with their annual Bethany...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 4:27am

BBVFC adapting, growing with new programs

When the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company saw a shortfall of volunteers coming down the pike, they created a single 24/7 paid firefighter position. Just for this summer, they have one paid employee present 24 hours a day, from May 1 to Sept....

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:59pm

Bethany drone law up for vote on Friday

At their meeting on Friday, June 17, the Bethany Beach Town Council will consider new rules restricting the operation of unmanned aircraft — drones — within town limits, which could make it among the first municipalities in the state to adopt...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:56pm

Bethany resident recalls town’s journey through history

Coastal Point • Submitted: Margaret Young has considered Bethany Beach her home since she was 1 year old and has watched the area change extensively over her time there.Bethany Beach has been a home to Margaret Young since she was just 1 year old...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:45pm

Plans well under way for Bethany's annual Fourth of July event

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning the 33rd annual event and is seeking participants. The event will take place on Monday, July 4.

The 2016 theme is “Celebrate Your Right to Vote.” The committee...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:05pm

Boardwalk Arts Festival adds arts and antiques tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with new presenting sponsor, Schell Brothers, for the 38th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, to...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:09pm

Summer events for teens and tweens at the South Coastal Library

The staff of the South Coastal Library is inviting teens to participate in their 2016 Summer Reading Program, with sign-up now under way.

Participants in the summer reading program for those ages 12 to 18, “Get in the Game,” can read...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 5:40am

Local emergency services, law enforcement train together

Last week, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and the Bethany Beach Police Department, along with the Ocean View Police Department and South Bethany Police Department, joined together for a three-day training session on tactical emergency...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:12am

Expansive views of the Indian River Bay highlight this waterfront home

Coastal Point • Submitted: Diners sitting at this Indonesian mahogany table in this Cottage Tour home enjoy unobstructed views of the bay.(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 7:04am

Bethany council approves relocation plan for cottage

Bethany Beach has settled the lawsuit regarding the relocation of the historic Dinker Cottage for use as a museum, but the issue isn’t history quite yet, as opponents of the location continued to object to the project at the May 20 meeting of the...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:26am

Bethany Beach Town Council takes aims at drones

As Bethany Beach welcomed in the new year with its inaugural beach-ball drop on Jan. 1, a not-so-welcome guest appeared: an unmanned aircraft — also known as a drone.

Some bystanders assumed it was the Town’s own “mobile aerial camera,”...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:24am

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:04am

Bethany, Sea Colony farmers’ markets ready to start

The Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market and the Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony are set to reopen June 12 and 15, respectively, sharing many of the same growers in a producers-only showcase of local fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Returning...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:03am

Hockers acquire former Harris Teeter property

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: The Hocker family has reached an agreement to purchase Salt Pond Plaza, which includes the building that formerly housed Harris Teeter.In a mystery that rivaled “Who shot J.R.?” and “Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?”...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:02am